Diemersdal Ends 2020 on Record High with Veritas and Platter’s Accolades

Top image: Diemersdal team at Veritas. From left are Thys Louw, Mari Branders and Juandré Bruwer with Christo Pienaar, Veritas chairman.

Diemersdal Estate in Durbanville can record 2020 as its most successful year in the pursuing of wine accolades. The estate, which has been in the Louw family for six generations, ended the 2020 awards season with two Double Gold medals at the annual Veritas Wine Awards, South Africa’s most authoritative and most competitive wine competition. The medals were awarded to Diemersdal Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2020 and the estate’s Pinotage 2018, a wine in its premium The Journal range which was launched earlier this year.


De Wetshof Confirms Chardonnay Top-Status With Two Veritas Double Gold Medals

By achieving the highest rating for unwooded Chardonnay at this year’s Veritas Wine Awards, De Wetshof Estate from Robertson becomes arguably the most awarded unwooded Chardonnay producer in South Africa.


Bacon And Hartzenberg Families Join Forces At Helm Of Org de Rac Wines

Org de Rac, the leading organic wine farm in the Swartland, has a new ownership through a joint venture between the Bacon and Hartzenberg families. This follows on the passing of Org de Rac’s founder Nico Bacon, who has been the owner since establishing this wine farm in 2000.


Early Signs Of Excellent Vintage 2021 On Chamonix Estate In Franschhoek

The part of 2020 worth remembering is the welcoming cold and wet Cape winter that brought rain and cold units to the winelands, boding well for a good 2021 harvest. 


WWF Conservation Champion Wine Farmers Find An Ally In Indigenous Fynbos

The rich and diverse indigenous fynbos of South Africa’s winelands has become a welcome ally to the region’s wine farmers, providing natural eco-systems between and alongside vineyards where the fynbos plants act as a natural pest controller, energising soil and creating a hardy crop-cover that helps retain moisture in the soil.


Cork-Popping On World Champagne Day At Org de Rac

The most famous wine in the world is honoured on Friday, 23 October this year when World Champagne Day is celebrated on all four corners of the globe. There can be no doubt with its celebratory cork-popping, zesty bubbly composition and delicious freshness, Champagne is the most well-known and most celebrated wine style in the world.


Diemersdal Snaps-up 9th Absa Top 10 Pinotage Trophy

Top image: Thys Louw from Diemersdal, middle,  with the Absa Top 10 Pinotage Trophy. Left is Beyers Truter, Chairman of the SA Pinotage Association and on the right is John Tshabalala, Absa: Managing Executive Western Cape.


Diemersdal Ices Michelangelo Awards with Sauvignon Blanc Trophy

One of South Africa’s most unique and awarded Sauvignon Blanc wines, the Winter Ferment from Diemersdal Estate in Durbanville, continued its winning-ways by taking the Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. Since the first vintage of Winter Ferment in 2017 the wine has won numerous accolades, including spots in the FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Competition, Veritas Double Gold accolades and the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the National Young Wine Show. 


Org de Rac Wins Top Organic Trophy At Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Award

In a year that has seen the accolades rolling in for Org de Rac Estate, this Swartland producer’s latest triumph is winning the Trophy for Best Organic Wine at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The Trophy-winning wine was Org de Rac’s Roussanne 2019, one of the estate-grown and made wines from the wine farm situated on the slopes of the Piketberg Mountain some 125km north of Cape Town.


Chamonix Chardonnay Named Top Wine At Michelangelo International Awards

Chamonix Estate in Franschhoek finds itself on top of the wine world after being named the Best Scoring wine at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards for its Chamonix Chardonnay 2018. This wine not only won the Grand Prix Trophy for Best Scoring Wine, but also the Chardonnay Trophy for achieving the highest score from the 109 Chardonnays entered into this leading South African wine competition. With over 1 500 entries, Michelangelo continues to be the country’s largest and most comprehensive wine show.